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10 Characters I Want In Captain America 3

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 4 Apr 2014 16:00
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William Burnside aka 50s Cap

Alright, this is a little bit complicated.

So, that whole thing where Captain America never actually saw the end of WWII because he was frozen and unthawed in (our) recent present? That was an early example of a Mighty Marvel Retcon. Originally, Marvel (at this point still called "Atlas") just kept on publishing Cap and Bucky's adventures after the war; rebranding him Captain America: Commie Smasher and switching his goals from beating back The Nazis to rooting out The Red Menace at home. Somehow, Cap just wasn't as likable or compelling when he was pounding on "un-American" domestic traitors. Plus, the comics market changed tumultuously in the 50s and any superhero who wasn't named Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman vanished for about a decade. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby decided to bring Steve Rogers back in the mid-60s, the new frozen-in-ice backstory was added to let them ignore the Commie Smasher era entirely.

But comic fans being comic fans meant that the 50s Cap comics were eventually recalled/rediscovered by enough people that Marvel decided to address the continuity problem with another retcon. Commie Smasher Cap was actually an imposter named William Burnside, an ultra-patriotic American history scholar who had a super-unhealthy obsession with the legend of Captain America. He helped create a (flawed) replica of the Super-Soldier Serum, underwent plastic surgery to look and sound like Steve Rogers circa-WWII (seriously) changed his name to Steve and was ultimately drafted by the government to be the new Cap. That is until his bootleg Serum fried his brain, turning him into a racist, paranoid jingoist who went around pummeling anything (or anybody) he decided was "un-American" - a grotesque caricature of what people often (incorrectly) assume the "real" Captain America's persona would be.

Eventually the military put Burnside in suspended animation for study, but he's broken out to cause trouble in the name of "restoring" America on multiple occasions. At one point emerging as The Grand Director of National Force (which is basically The Klu Klux Klan.)

I don't know about you, but this sounds like a sequel to me and apparently I'm in good company on that.

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